Expert’s ‘world-class’ collection up for bidding
Anglo-Boer War artefacts to attract collectors
THE ANGLO-Boer War of 18991902 led to the creation of a variety of ornaments, keepsakes and commemorative pieces manufactured in a host of different countries.
Over the years, these items have become sought-after collectables and about 1500 pieces will be auctioned in Joburg in the next few weeks.
The lots, to be auctioned by Old Johannesburg Warehouse (OJW) over two weekend sales starting tomorrow, belong to Ray Leppan, an authority on and avid collector of all things Anglo-Boer War for 35 years.
Leppan’s comments and publications on Anglo-Boer War items, their authenticity and how they were sometimes “modified” by bored soldiers and prisonsers of war, are respected globally.
Old Johannesburg Warehouse describes the collection on offer as “truly world-class”.
It will stage the first phase of the sale tomorrow and on Sunday at 10am at its premises at 29 Village Road, Selby. The second part of the sale will take place on November 11 and 12.
“The enormous and unique collection represents the British and Boer sides of the war almost equally, and should appeal to collectors, institutions and dealers.
“The lots include historic medals, medallions, documents, maps, coins, stamps, banknotes, prisoner-of-war items, ephemera, trench art, weapons, silverware, jewellery and furniture,” says an OJW spokesperson.
For more details, call 0118361650, email info@ oldjwauctioneers.com or see www.oldjwauctioneers.com. There is an online bidding tool on the website.
A quaint Paul Kruger money box from Anglo-Boer War days is among hundreds of lots dating back to this era on auction this weekend.